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How to Put In and Take Out Contact Lenses

Applying and removing your contacts will become second nature very quickly, but in the meantime, just follow these step-by-step instructions.


  • STEP 1: Wash and dry your hands completely using soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Rinse lenses using solution to remove dirt or debris. (The use of solution is not needed for new lenses, just take and use them directly out of the package.) Tip: You don’t want to mix up your lenses, so just remember to always apply and remove the lens for the RIGHT eye first.
  • STEP 3: Put the lens on the tip of the index finger. Ensure that the lens is not inside out by checking the marker if appropriate.
  • STEP 4: Using your free hand, hold your upper eyelid in place so that you don’t blink.
  • STEP 5: Using the free fingers of the applying hand, pull down on your lower eyelid.
  • STEP 6: Looking up, place the lens on the lower part of your eye.
  • STEP 7: Slowly remove your hand from your eyelid allowing your eye to close for a moment.
  • STEP 8: Blink a few times naturally, so that the lens centers.
  • STEP 9: If the lens feels uncomfortable or irritates your eye, take it out and check for damage or debris. If the lens is damaged, then throw it away. If not, use solution to rinse it and reapply.


  • STEP 1: Wash and dry your hands completely using soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Looking up, pull down the lower eyelid. Tip: To make it easy and avoid confusion, always remove the RIGHT lens first.
  • STEP 3: Touch the lower edge of the lens with your index finger.
  • STEP 4: Slide the contact lens down to the white part of your eye.
  • STEP 5: Using your thumb and index finger, squeeze the lens gently and remove it.
  • STEP 6: Use the same procedure to remove the other lens.

Source: VISTAKON® makers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Important Safety Information